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July 02, 2020 - HR News Alerts

Colorado Passes Paid Sick Leave Law


Some Provisions Take Effect on Governor's Signature

The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (Act), passed by the legislature, requires Colorado employers to provide employees with paid sick leave in different circumstances:

  • COVID-19-related Leave: Effective upon the governor’s signature, this provision expands paid sick leave under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act to all employers and employees exempt from coverage under that law.
     
  • Paid Sick Leave: Effective Jan. 1, 2021, for employers with at least 16 employees, and Jan. 1, 2022, for all employers, employees are entitled to paid sick leave for specified reasons having to do with their own or a family member’s health or status as a domestic violence victim, or the closure of the employee’s workplace or child’s school or place of care due to a public health emergency.

    Employees earn one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, capped at 48 hours annually. Front-loading, carryover, and employer and employee notice provisions apply. Employees begin accruing leave at the start of work and may use the leave as it accrues.
     
  • Supplemental Public Health Emergency Leave: The Act requires an employer to provide its employees additional paid sick leave for certain purposes during a public health emergency, in an amount based on the number of hours the employee works, up to a maximum of 80 hours.

The Act prohibits retaliatory action by employers and contains enforcement provisions and penalties.


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